Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Tuesday's primary election showed Clark County Democrats where they have to work harder, where they are almost certain of success and a handful of tough challenges. And Bob Dingethal showed he has a real shot at unseating U.S. Rep. Jamie Hererra Beutler.
One of those is state Rep. Monica Stonier's effort to win another term. Notwithstanding a huge, expensive campaign waged by Lynda Smith, former chair of the Clark County Republican Party, Stonier held her own and showed she can win if more people vote in November than participated in the paltry turnout Tuesday. Maureen Winningham did well enough against Rep. Liz Pike to build a general election upset.
One particularly bright spot was Democrat Mike Briggs prevailing over 18th LD Republican Rep. Brandon Vick, another former Republican chair. Richard McCluskey did very well against incumbent 17th LD Republican Rep. Paul Harris.
Craig Pridemore strongly prevailed over Jeanne Stewart, his November opponent in the contest to fill the seat vacated by Steve Stuart.
Prosecutor Tony Golik and Treasurer Doug Lasher beat back challengers by wide margins. Deanna Pauli-Hammond showed that she can win the County Clerk position with continued hard work.
No Democrat was eliminated by the top-two primary. In the 49th Legislative District, Reps. Jim Moeller and Sharon Wylie ran far ahead of their challengers.
In the only three contested Democratic precinct committee officer races, two incumbents won re-election, Mike Heywood in Precinct 100 and Vicki Work in Precinct 240 while newcomer Josh Egan prevailed in precinct 656.
- Mike Heywood, Chairman, Clark County Democratic Central Committee